News: 3 days agoProvorov (soreness) returned to practice Friday after missing a couple of days, Brian Hedger of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
Spin: It's a new beginning for Provorov, as he was dealt from the Flyers on June 6. Provorov had six goals, 21 assists, 162 blocked shots and a minus-24 rating last season while playing in all 82 games. Look for a big improvement this season, as he will be on a better Columbus team.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Provorov has been trending in the wrong direction for a while and last season felt like rock bottom. In 82 games he managed just six goals and 27 points. He finished with a minus-17 rating and tallied only 115 shots on goal. Coming from a player that posted 203 shots in 2017-18, that's noteworthy. In a full-blown rebuild, the Flyers traded Provorov to Columbus in early June. The Russian defender has always been durable, so there's hope that he may find his footing in more of a defensive role with the Blue Jackets. There's bounce-back potential here, giving Provorov mid-to-late round fantasy appeal in this year's drafts.